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The God Who Sees in the overwhelm

Vicky Allen on 21st October 2020

I got lost this morning. Caught in a trivial domestic maze accidentally constructed from a long list of tasks, a poorly child, the background dull thrum of the endless news cycle whenever I came within earshot of the radio, or glanced at a screen, and a house too busy and messy to allow me to […]

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God’s perfect timing, even when publishing in a pandemic

Stephanie Heald on 13th October 2020

Three years ago, Anna, Muddy Pearl’s then assistant editor and I were sitting at our table on the Publishing Scotland stand at Frankfurt Book Fair, beside an enormous panel depicting our forthcoming book, The Gift of Blessing by Kate Patterson. Anna snapped a photo of the banner to post on social media, and to encourage Kate that […]

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What He Would Have Missed

Stacy Sagely on 23rd September 2020

When I read the temptation story of Jesus in our present day I immediately notice something: He was isolated. He was hungry, He was weak, and He was alone. There were no disciples to hear His teachings, no children to hold on the knee, and no lepers to heal. There was no one to see, no one to […]

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Muddy Pearl launches first fiction titles

on 17th September 2020

Muddy Pearl are delighted to be launching our first fiction titles, with two new books from historical fiction author Cathy Gohlke, set during WWII. The Medallion and Secrets She Kept will be released next week and are now available for pre-order!

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Charity

Grant Smith on 14th September 2020

In The Accidental Social Entrepreneur I explain how Hand in Hand the Charity began – here’s a snippet… This is how Hand in Hand began in Africa and today supports 3,000 children year on year. Would all of that happened without the jumpers, I can’t actually say, but those hundred odd-shaped jumpers have had a significant […]

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Affordable Housing

Grant Smith on 1st September 2020

Making houses available for the poorest in the world is a challenge, not because we can’t build small quality houses, but how we do that commercially, and facilitate the poorest to buy them when they have no formal income. You see, who will lend to a person who doesn’t have a wage slip to prove […]

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The view from the editorial desk

Stephanie Heald on 27th August 2020

This week I’ve been editing Kate Patterson’s lovely new book, Living for Eternity, which is all about knowing God, the One who is with us now, and the One we will be with in Eternity. In Chapter 8, I came across a story about George Müller and the orphanage he ran: It is striking that so […]

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Writer’s Callout

on 27th August 2020

Are you a writer? We would love to hear from you! We currently have opportunities for writers to contribute to our blog, and are welcoming reviews of our books, articles on current and relevant themes and reflections to share. Get in touch if you would like to join in with #WritersWednesday – email books@muddypearl.com

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Managing ‘back to school’ anxieties

Katharine Hill on 19th August 2020

The global pandemic that struck in the last twelve months has had a massive influence on a number of things, and the future of schooling has looked as uncertain as the rest of life. But with Scottish schools back, and in just a few weeks, most children in the rest of UK returning to their […]

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Loss, lockdown and a certain determined light : Luminous Dark

Leanne Clelland on 1st July 2020

As a young man, Alain Emerson tragically lost his wife of two years. In his memoir, ‘Luminous Dark’, he charts his descent into the valley of the shadow of death and his journey out the other side. Steeped in Northern Irish evangelical Christianity, Emerson tries to reconcile his life-long faith with the blackness of his grief. His […]

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